KWA M1911 MKI PTP Gas Blowback Pistol
Copyright: Allison Madaras for Pyramyd Air, LTD.
No, I'm not talkin' 'bout Quails & Aarvarks.  I'm referring to Questions and Answers.  I'm going to open up the opportunity for you (my favorite reader) to ask me questions and then I will either provide you with the correct answer OR I will just make one up.  Ideally, you would ask me questions about Airsoft stuff, but if you need advice on other stuff like how NOT to attempt picking up chicks at the local biker bar or how to look good despite being bald, I can certainly look into those things for you as well.

For now, if you have a question, just post a comment on one of my blog articles here on the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog.  However, Pyramyd Air will be creating a Facebook page dedicated exclusively for Airsoft soon, so once that's up, you can ask your questions over there as well.  I'll let you know when their Airsoft Facebook page is up and online.

Speaking of questions, in case you were wondering what the outcome was from the SB 798 hearing that occured on Tuesday of this week, you might want to check out my article on it real quick: SB 798 Hearing Results - September 6, 2011

Click for today's Question & Answer after the jump...

Larue Tactical 9 inch RIS, rail interface system, Larue rail system, Echo1 Platinum M4 AEG, VFC M4 AEG, Used Airsoft Guns for Sale, Pyramyd Airsoft Blog, Tom Harris Media
Larue Tactical 9" Rail Interface System (RIS) that I purchased
as a "used item" for my Airsoft M4 AEG.
So anyway, for today's Airsoft question, Mortimer, from Traverse City, Michigan asks,

"Hey Tom.  What's the scoop on buying used guns & gear?  Would you recommend it?  Why or why not?

Airsoft Answer: Well, first of all, Mortimer, thanks for asking your Airsoft question.  Second of all, yes.  Buying used Airsoft guns & gear is a great way to get quality stuff that you would not otherwise have been able to afford as easily, if at all.  I have personally purchased a large number of used guns being sold on my local forums that were not only in great condition, but were sold to me at a very low price.  Retailers have now caught on as well, which only means great things for the bargain hunters out there.  For example, check out the pre-owned guns section from Pyramyd Air sometime.  As with any pre-owned goods sales or swap meets, it's hit or miss, so you'll have to check in every so often to see what new stuff they have and what they no longer have, but even right now they've got some great stuff hiding in there.

For example, but NOT limited to, the Tokyo Marui M16 designated marksman rifle with Systema internals currently for sale in the Pre-Owned Guns Section at Pyramyd Air...
Pre-owned used Tokyo Marui Designated Marksman Rifle, Custom Airsoft M16, Upgraded Tokyo Marui M16, Used guns for sale, Pyramyd Airsoft Blog, Tom Harris Media
Pre-owned, custom Tokyo Marui M16 Designated Marksman Rifle for sale at Pyramyd Air.
 This thing comes jam-packed with the following items:
- M140 Spring. This rifle chronos between 450 and 460 fps with a .20g BB.
- Steel Bushings
- Systema spring guide rod
- Systema piston head
- Systema piston
- Systema nozzle
- Tokyo Marui EG 1000 motor
Normally a gun like this could easily run you upwards of $500 brand new, but check the price on this upgraded designated marksman rifle!

Used Echo1 Platinum M4 For Sale at Pyramyd Air
That's just Exhibit A for the kind of smokin' hot deals you can come across in the used guns department.  Sometimes you can find stuff that's already upgraded, like the Marui rifle above, but others you'll just have stock guns available.  That's fine, too.  One thing I have had great success with is getting a really good deal on a stock rifle to use as my base platform for a custom Airsoft gun project.  Exhibit B would be the ultra-deluxe Echo1 Platinum M4 AEG that's also currently for sale in the pre-owned guns deparment.  I will then buy the upgrade parts separately, which is nice because I like being able to individually select the components that are going into my guns whenever possible.  So I can then end up with a custom, upgraded Airsoft rifle and I was able to save some serious coin because I bought a used rifle, which is going to account for the single greatest expense in your project anyway (usually).  It makes more sense to me from a cost perspective because I usually end up tearing out the stock internals anyway, so it's harder to justify buying a stock gun at regular price in this case.  If you just plan on leaving your gun alone, then I'd go with a brand new one. 

I will warn you though, buying pre-owned stuff does come with some risks, so be sure to ask questions ahead of time so that you know what you're getting into.  Be sure to also keep in mind that just because something doesn't work in its present form does not mean that it can't easily be fixed.  Even if you don't know how to fix AEGs or gas blowback guns, there are tons of people out there that do, including me.  So if you had a question about how to fix a particular gun, just ask me and I'll see what I can find out from Wikipedia.  *wink*

The moral of this story and, in answer to my friend Mortimer's question, is...
Don't be afraid to buy used Airsoft guns.  
However, DO be afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf.  He's a mean dude who will ruin your day if you cross him.  Random side-note for you to ponder until tomorrow's blog arrives.

Hearts.  Airsoft. 

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